scattered drugs with moneyThe term “controlled” does not always mean a substance is outright banned, in fact many of these substances are medications that are perfectly legal for approved medical use as long as the purchase has been authorized by a medical professional via prescription. However, the prescription system is not immune to abuse and prescription fraud has grown significantly, resulting in a major spike of unauthorized medications being sold and illegally distributed.

Despite increases in security measures to prevent fraudulent prescriptions from being obtained and illegally used to purchase controlled substances, the increase in convenience options has also led to a sharp rise in the abuse of certain drugs. Internet/home delivery pharmacies have also contributed to this problem by not requiring proper prescription documentation verification, or even shipping counterfeit drugs that could be extremely dangerous to consumers.

If you have been accused of prescription fraud and are facing charges, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact the Tampa drug crimes lawyer at Wagner McLaughlin for a free case evaluation today.


Prescription fraud is often a result of drug abuse in which the patient was initially prescribed the medication for legitimate purposes and unfortunately became dependent. Pharmacists and medical professionals alike have been trained to spot the signs of medication abuse, but in many cases it can be hard to spot.

The following medications are some of the most commonly acquired substances through prescription fraud:

  • Adderall
  • Vicodin
  • Valium
  • OxyContin
  • Ritalin
  • Xanax
  • Morphine

Even having just one pill of an illegally-obtained prescription medication could yield heavy penalties such as lengthy prison sentences, large fines, mandatory court-ordered rehabilitation and education programs, and a permanent criminal record.

Our skilled Tampa drug crimes lawyer at Wagner McLaughlin has represented various clients over his 14 years of legal practice in the Tampa Bay area. With a record of resounding success and an aggressive, results-driven approach to each case, Attorney Jim Guarnieri can provide you with the legal advocacy and counsel you need to fight your charges.

Contact Wagner McLaughlin to schedule a free initial consultation and start mounting your legal defense today.